Never thought I would actually get this done, but over the last week I have finished the box! Here are the last pics of it
The May, June and July box are together. The May one originally had a blue wave background but I changed my mind about what to do with it so I recovered it with green. I then added a branch that I inked with gathered twigs, and added raspberry fizz flowersoft, so it looks like a cherry blssom tree. The June one is a simple rose I had in a Crafty Creatives box, as rose is the flower for June. The background says are we there yet? something every child says on a long car journey. The July box is a sand background and a beach house, made with blue striped paper and red paper with added stickles. The life preserve is just a piece of card coloured with promarkers and coated with glossy accents, and the crab in a bucket charm was from my stash. I finished the three months by making some bunting out of some twine I had and papers free with a magazine, and strung it along all three.
I actually kept the piece of card I cut May's branch out of, and decided to use that by inking and stickling with weathered twigs. I then added shrink plastic leaves, and an owl pendant I got from the woodland goody bag from Crafty Creatives. I made the owls eyes by using forest moss stickles and then glossy accents. It actually looks like semi precious beads!
Again, December is obvious - my favourite time of year; Christmas! I decided to go with christmas decs, so I covered a cone with vintage flowersoft and added a string of lights and a gold star. I put lace along the top of the box (both festive and it hides the white paint!) then stamped a vintage woman, inked her with tattered rose and cut her out. I then stamped some baubles, coloured them with sharpies (much better than promarkers for shrink plastic) then shrunk them. I stamped the sentiment ' It's beginning to feel a lot like christmas' on a piece of paper and stuck it to the bottom of the box. Lastly I strung some jingle bells on some thread and stuck it to the top of the box, with a metal wreath in the middle.
The last box is January, so I decided on New Year. I had trouble signifying fireworks but I found some wooden wheels, inked them with black ink and used different coloured stickles. They kind of look like fireworks. I found a clock, put glossy accents in it and attached it to a Tim Holtz fragment with steampunk paper behind it. The sign is a resolution I think we can all follow; take time to love the little things in life. Finally I added a bell at the top to signify the bells that strike midnight on the new year.
So that's it! I was worried that I would give up halfway, that it wouldn't be good enough when I had finished and that I would just end up disappointed but I have surprised myself. Looking at the whole thing it actually works well. Of course I have made mistakes along the way, and I am still working on my techniques, but it has turned out a lot better than I had hoped it would be. I may even do another one in future!